Don't List Elite Memberships on Resume

Lindsey Novak on

Q: My wife passed her certified public accountant exam and received her Master of Business Administration from a top school. Her entrance score qualifies her to join Mensa International. She has thought about joining and listing it on her resume, but I think it's not be a good idea. I'm secure about being married to a highly intelligent and competent woman, but I don't know how interviewers would feel about Mensa on a resume.

A: Joining Mensa is an excellent way to meet and socialize with people of similar intellectual abilities, but it does not belong on a resume, which will be explained later. This exclusive group is known internationally. It sponsors calendar events, leadership workshops, various intellectual games, annual gatherings and gatherings at the regional level.

Mensa offers a two-hour admission test, which "includes two tests featuring questions involving logic and deductive reasoning. If you score at or above the 98th percentile on either of the two tests, you'll qualify and be invited to join Mensa," according to the website.

Mensa also accepts for membership approximately 200 different test scores that measure aptitude or ability. The following main tests are used as qualifiers for college entrance exams: GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, LSAT, AGCT, GT, NGCT, GCT (Military Personnel Records), Miller Analogy (MAT) and more. The list can change as more tests are developed and reviewed.

Joining the group can enhance one's life since individuals can meet others in Mensa Facebook groups, special interest groups, local groups, and even dating apps. Its membership is based on IQ, one's intellectual ability. Though IQ categories vary, generally, a high IQ is a score over 140; a genius IQ is 160 and up; and an unmeasurable genius is 200 and over.

Detailed IQ information can help explain the potential intelligence levels that help or hinder an individual's performance.


-- IQ of 0-24: Profound mental retardation. Limited or no ability to communicate, eat, bath, dress or use the toilet.

-- IQ of 25-39: Severe mental retardation. Limited ability to communicate, eat, bath, dress or use the toilet. Cannot perform academic skills.

-- IQ of 40-54: Moderate mental retardation. Some independent self-help skills and very basic academic skills.

-- IQ of 55-69: Mild mental retardation. Usually able to dress and bath independently, do simple jobs and perform elementary school academics.


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